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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Doom wants to settle an argument between two men in his tribe, what type of fight does he arrange?

2. What is the name of the leader of the mob that kills Minnie Cooper's attacker in the story "Dry September"?

3. How does the Indian chief communicate with the president in the story "Lo"?

4. What crop does the family in "The Tall Men" grow?

5. What is the name of the Indian man Herman Basket's sister marries?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

2. How does the Appalachian family treat the Confederate soldier and his servant in the story "Mountain Victory"?

3. How does Danny treat his mother in the story "Pennsylvania Station"?

4. Why are the investigator and the marshal at the home of two young boys in the story "The Tall Men"?

5. How does Satoris get back at Spoomer for stealing his woman in the story "All the Dead Pilots"?

6. How is Davy's life saved during a murder attempt in the story "The Leg"?

7. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

8. How does the young English soldier repay Borgard for his kindness in the story "Turnabout"?

9. What happens to the traveling soldiers who are trying to escape enemy fire in the story "Crevasse"?

10. How do Hubert Jarrod and Louisa King meet in the story "Dr Martino"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "The Tall Men" deals with the realization that the motivations of actions are sometimes misunderstood. First, explain what the motivations of the marshal were when he came to arrest the two young boys. Then explain what the marshal assumed the motivations of the young boys were in refusing to sign up for service. Finally, explain what the marshal learned about the human condition and what motivates us all.

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner decides to end his collection with the moving short story "Carcassonne." In it, the body and soul argue about the true form of death. First, describe both the body and the soul's argument as to what death truly is like. Then explain why Faulkner might have chosen to end his collection with this story, and how it unifies the collection as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

In the story "Beyond," there is a baby covered in scars that is in the afterlife with Judge. First, describe the physicality of the scarred baby. How did he get his scars? Then explain they symbolism of the scarred baby in Judge's life. What lesson is meant to learn from this baby?

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